In Memory

Steven Crawley

Steven Crawley

Steven Dean Crawley was born to Dean and Gloria Crawley on October 20, 1951. He grew up in East Millcreek and attended Skyline High School where he made many lasting friendships, was captain of the swim team and was proud to have been a valued member of the kazoo band. He graduated from the University of Utah and University of Utah School of Law. He was honored to have served and helped many people as an attorney for 40 years.

 Steve passed away in the early hours of December 14th, in the ICU, surrounded by those he loved most on both sides of the veil following a week of battling congestive heart failure. His family was blessed to spend quiet hours by his side and, of course, kept up tradition by watching his favorite Christmas movie, “Black Adder’s Christmas Carol.” He chuckled a lot. It was perfect.

A truly wonderful father, grandfather and husband, family was his focus and his joy. He married Charlene Farr August 10, 1973 in the Salt Lake Temple. He is eternally proud of their three children: Taylor (Tiffany), Marshall (Kelley) and Camille.

Steve lived a life of honor and integrity filled with service to others. His father taught him to be involved in the community, and he worked to help organizations and individuals become their best selves. He truly enjoyed the six years he spent on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity. It touched his heart to be able to help lift peoples’ lives.

Ever the diligent teacher, he taught many how to face hardships with courage and faith. While enduring tremendous health challenges, he continued serving others especially spending every moment he could with his grandchildren. He gave of his time and energy to ensure that they knew that they are dearly loved by him. He lived for the sweet, small moments with them, and they will remember the many hikes, trips to museums, launching rockets, and watching old monster movies. No Gampy could have done more.

He had a wide range of interests and a thirst for knowledge. He never stopped learning. He had an answer for any question and could never be beat at Trivial Pursuit. As someone who also appreciated the absurd, he will be celebrated by Mystery Science Theater and Monty Python’s Flying Circus as their most loyal and slightly twisted consumer.

He will be remembered by his ward family as a brilliant gospel doctrine teacher, by his friends as the one who always sent cards for celebrations and authored ridiculously silly skits, by his neighbors as the first one to help and the last one to leave in an emergency, and by his coworkers as a mentor.

Steve is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren; Annalynn Jane (11), Owen David (8), and Emmitt Steven (5) as well as his mother and siblings, Brent (Patricia) and Christine. He was preceded in death by his sweet father who we know welcomed him home with rejoicing and love.  

A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 12:00 noon in the Sandy Granite Stake Center located at 2535 E Newcastle Drive. A viewing will precede the services from 10:30 to 11:30am at that location. A viewing will also be held Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 Bengal Blvd.,(7600 South) Sandy UT. Interment will follow services at Wasatch Lawns Cemetery. Condolences can be shared at In lieu of flowers we suggest a donation to Habitat for Humanity.

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12/19/19 02:28 PM #4    

Richard M Romney

We'll miss you, Steve. You were (and are) a kindhearted man.


12/19/19 05:11 PM #5    

Cheryl Delvie (Jones)

I was shocked and saddened to see that Steven had passed.  I still can see him in the neighborhood and skiing in Junior High.  Since I've been living outside of SLC since 1975 I still have everybody somewhat frozen in time in my memory.  Steve's obituary is wonderful and conveys what a good good man he was and indeed is.  Heartfelt condolances to Charlene and all his family. 

12/20/19 12:26 AM #6    

Linda Wiggins (Ripplinger)

Charlene, I am so sorry! I'm grateful that our Skyline family stays close so we heard of this. What a wonderful obituary you have created to honor Steven. God bless your family.

Linda Wiggins Ripplinger

12/20/19 07:49 AM #7    

Christie Bergstrom (Armstrong)

Sending condolences to Charlene and family.  How wonderful that a Skyline high school romance will last throughout  the eternities!  Steve and I were in the same ward growing up and in a number of the same classes at church and school.  I have a vivid memory of his coming to my 6th birthday party.  What a life well-lived!  May peace and comfort be yours...

12/20/19 09:37 AM #8    

Steve Pope

I'm Pope, one of the Steve's that Godbe mentioned in his post.  I remember riding our bikes around the neighborhood and hanging out with Crawley, Godbe, and Scott Huntington. We would ride down the hill on Upland Drive from Crawley's house.  I swear we went 120mph.  It's hard to believe the 50th is coming up, and so many of my friends are gone.  It's all too real, now.  "Old" is good in some things: Old Songs, Old Movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

12/20/19 09:59 AM #9    

Jim Wilson

Steve was a great friend and a swim team buddy. I knew him well then.   I haven't kept in contact since HS but remember that time fondly.  My prayers are with his family. 

12/21/19 12:26 PM #10    

Craig Knudson

Ya, Steven was just a great guy.  Always friendly and willing to talk. Spent the first few years of my marriage

living in the same neighborhood with him and Sharlene.  Just a down to earth guy.  Hard to believe he's really gone....

12/22/19 10:04 AM #11    

Michelle McDonald (Rufener)

Charlene,  May you have love and peace in the beautiful memories you created together.  My heart goes out to you!  Your tribute to Steve was wonderful! Take comfort in knowing you'll be together again! Love Michelle McDonald Rufener.


12/29/19 09:40 PM #12    

Darwin Ross

I have been at a loss as to what to say about Steve's passing. So, I have waited until now to write, but still have nothing either profound or soothing to say about the departure of such a good man. Words simply fail and are meaningless. Let me just say that I admired Steve and shared a few good times with him, though we were never extremely close. He had a great sense of humor and was a very good athelete, not to mention having been a good student. I lost track of him after graduation, but realize that the Salt Lake community was better for having had him; that community, along with his family and friends, will gasp at the void created by his passing.

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.” ’

(Numbers 6: 24-26)

12/30/19 10:49 PM #13    

Luanne Briggs (Savage)

Dearest Charlene and family, It is quite a shock to learn about dear Steven's passing.  I too, like many of you have written here in your comments to Charlene, grew up with Steven in my ward and spent many good times with him just in the neighborhood, as well as at Wasatch Junior and of course at Skyline. I have been so happy through the years that Charlene and Steven found each other and have had a life of service and devotion to each other as well as to their children, grand-children and their friends and community.  It is very inspiring to learn that he did so much with his time devoted to "habitat for humanity".  I find that very cool, and not surprising.  Steven was a kind friend who always accepted and spoke well of others.  I am sure that he found much satisfaction in his profession in helping others through his work as an attorney.  It has been fun to see some of their posts as a couple on facebook, and see your beautiful family, and also to read his comments to me on my page.  For just these kinds of reasons, I am sometimes grateful to connect with old friends and find out about their lives.  My memories of Steven are fond, and I found your tribute endearing and I am sure you will feel such a void Charlene forevermore. How can you not, about your love... But, I also believe that those we love can comfort and reach out to us when we need them from heaven above when we need their love and influence and to connect.  Please know how much I love you Charlene and am so grateful that I knew Steve throughout my young life, and then you in high school.  You too have always been so sweet, and you were a sweet match for him.  My prayers will be with you and your dear children and grand-children.  May you feel the love of so many who are trying to convey their, lu

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